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Q: My so called friend told me I could borrow his quad and then I got caught driving it and it’s impounded .Says I stole It

The police have told me I would be charged with theft and other citations waiting in mail due to running from police but there is no title for the quad at least in his name and he’s saying I stole it . Could I be charged with theft?

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Sep 19, 2020

Sure. They can charge you with theft if they have probable cause to believe that you took the vehicle without permission. Your flight could also be used against you as "consciousness of guilt." I am confused by yiur question about title... are you saying they stild the vehicle??... Read more »

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Q: Can you be charged with theft of a vehicle By a perso who doesn’t have a titile?
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Sep 18, 2020

Depends on what you mean by "doesnt have a title." Importantly, unless they are a police offixer they cant charge you with a crime, they can accuse you and the police can charge you. This is an important distinction because they are just witnesses in the case. Most people who are... Read more »

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Q: How do I go about pressing charges against someone for abuse of a corpse

Pictures taken and placed on facebook of my mom in casket

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Sep 18, 2020

Call the police. Outside of that you can petition the DA to charge the matter. You, as a non lae enforcement entity cannot "press" charges on someone. Call the police or oerhaps talk to a civil attorney about suing them.

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Q: my nephew got arrested for throwing rocks at a abandoned buding..and someone called the cops.now the owner of that build

wants to press charges, what rights does my 16 year old have at this point t

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Sep 10, 2020

The right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, if he cant afford one one will be provided. As he is a juvenile they are often routed to the public defender's office. He has the right to a trial where he can assert potential defenses (abandoned property and possibly others) and all of... Read more »

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Q: What does it mean when I get a letter from adult probation that they closed interest in case with a civil judgement
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Sep 2, 2020

Means you still owe money. So in lieu of continuing to supervise you they referred your case to a collections agency. Can damage your credit and if you dont pay they can move to hold you in contempt but you wont have a PO looking over your shoulder.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: My ex and I have no trespassing and no contact orders against each other. Can we still do theatre at the same place?

Our order is Title 18 Pa. C.S.A. 2709. We both are actors at the same theatre. Can we still both attend and act at this theatre?

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Sep 1, 2020

I am not sure how. No contact, as a condition of bail or otherwise means that if either of you did the other could report you. If its a condition of bail it could lead to bail being revoked. If its an order of court one or both could be held in contempt.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have questions about theft and drug cases I'm facing right now

would like to upload documents

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Aug 20, 2020

The best thing to do is call experienced criminal defense attorneys and get a consultation. Most lawyers, including myself, give free consults over the phone, so start calling around! Good luck

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Q: How can someone get caught and charged with vandalism
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Aug 19, 2020

Pretty easy actually, cameras are every where these days.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I allowed Law Enforcement to forward 1 email from my phone to himself. Can the emails be used against me in court?

Even though I only allowed one email to be forwarded, when he took my phone to put his email in he forwarded himself the whole conversation without my permission and without a warrent. Will that hold up in court. My worry is they will say I allowed all emails to be sent which is not true because... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Aug 8, 2020

Yes. Anything can be used against you. Do not speak with police without speaking with a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If law enforcement only has proof of purchase of drugs through messages can you be found guilty from that alone?

Law enforcement has never had proof of physical drugs but they have messages that I bought them. Will that alone in court be able to convict me of possession? Messages were only to buy never sell or intent to sell.

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Aug 8, 2020

It depends what you are charged with. If you are charged with possession, possibly no. Of you are charged with attempt or conspiracy, then maybe. Talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney who can examine your case to see of there is a defense. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Insurance Defense and Medical Malpractice for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I have grounds for a lawsuit?

I went to a rehabilitation center to seek help for my alcoholism. I was there for 30 days. Their policy required patients to turn in all of their personal belongings (phone, wallets, etc) except for clothing. During my stay, one of their staff members stole my credit card and ID and committed... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 2, 2020

A Pennsylvania attorney could answer best, but your post remains open for two weeks. As a general matter, it does not appear to be a case that attorneys might consider taking on a contingency basis. If you are paying by the hour, the burden is upon you to provide evidence of the theft. In a busy... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Banking and Business Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Which box to check on the “Pennsylvania Department of State bureau of corporations and charitable organizations” form?

For amendment, withdrawal, cancellation boxes

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on Aug 2, 2020

There are dozens of forms on that website and each one has detailed instructions. Without knowing what form you are referring to or what the purpose is of the form, it’s not possible to say which box should be checked.

Q: please help layperson looking filings for appellets brief, appelle's brief and amicus. can you tell me where to look TY

example i am looking for a website or access to filings requesting appellets brief, appellee's brief amicus----example

commonweath v. Kareen johnson docket # 339,EAP 2018----- or commonwealth v. Rivera #601 MAL 2018. idont understand all this it is for my son's case. can you... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 16, 2020

You have courage to undertake such a difficult project. There are very knowledgeable Pennsylvania criminal defense - appeal attorneys here who are really the ones with insight into this, and they could give the best direction. But your post remains open for four days, and some law offices might be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can a judge give me more time for a probation revocation if I've already been sentenced and without new charges?

I just maxed a 3 to 6 year sentence a judge gave me. I was originally sentenced to 3 to 12 months in the county and 3 years probation. I had no new charges, yet the judge resentenced me and added more time on to my sentence making me have to do 6 years instead of 3. I had tech violations but it... Read more »

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Jul 15, 2020

From your location this is an Ohio question, which I am not qualified to answer. However, if this is a Pennsylvania question the answer is that if probation is revoked you can be resentenced to anything that was originally allowable. Its an important differentiation between probation and parole.... Read more »

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Q: My son was in a bad place and shopped lifted to support his kids, was it right no?

But he got caught pleaded guilty I was given a court date but then covid-19 happened. In the meantime they must have ran his picture through other videos and found him three more times in another Walmart. Warrants were served to my mother's house which she never received what's somebody... Read more »

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Jul 14, 2020

Regrettfully, there is no way to answer your question of whether or not he is going to jail. The reason most people recommend talking to a lawyer is because there are several factors that go into setting bail. The severity and number of charges is one. Prior history is another. Family support... Read more »

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Q: I need help with my boyfriend case

My little brother was there during it all he told the cops his side and my boyfriend got arrested because my brother told his if he touch me he would stab him so my boyfriend told him he would shot him they locked his guns up and left them i wasn't strangled i didn't need medical help his... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jul 13, 2020

Stangulation is a felony and he could face substantial jail time if convicted. Get a lawyer asap. If he can't afford one, apply for the Public Defender. If the victim does not want to prosecute, that will help, but that doesnt mean the case automatically goes away. Get a good lawyer and quickly!

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My friend posted pictures of is his ex gf in without her face in it and was supposed to have a court date for it.

Even though she was the one who sent the photos to him at the time and he was on the wrong for sending them out but they are both minors so what would be the penalty for them and for some reason he hasn’t gotten a call or anything from the policeman that was supposed to call him and it’s been 5... Read more »

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Jul 13, 2020

He needs to get a lawyer immediately because what you described is child pornography which would require him to register as a sex offender.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How is my 13 year old expected to pay a citation ?

My 13 year old son was issued a citation for harrassment after hitting his mother in the arm with an outside trashcan, as self defense, after she repeatedly smacked him in the face up to 6-7 times, how is he expected to come up with $300, and can I fight it

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 5, 2020

First question, with cash, preferably obtained from his mother. Second question, no, but HE can fight it, and if you are a parent with custody , you have to be there to do so.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Employment Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it legal for an employer to fire you right after an accident without first filing a police report,

Backed into at work and was physically pinched between the back of a truck and a cement dock and employer refused to call police, wanted employee to fill out an incident report before medical treatment was even mentioned which the employee refused to sign, and then called the employee after hours... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jul 1, 2020

More details are needed to analyze your situation. Were you injured in the accident? Did you and your employer discuss filing a workers' compensation claim before you were terminated? It is unlawful for your employer to terminate your employment because you pursued a workers'... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have an felony 3 conviction from 7 years ago. I wanted to know if it would be possible to get it expunged or pardoned.

The charge was corrupting the morals of a minor. I was 17 at the time Of the incident but charged at 18.

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 29, 2020

Unfortunately, no. Felonies cannot be "sealed" at all under Pennsylvania's fairly-recent Clean Slate Act - and you cannot expunge a felony conviction until you're 70 years old *and* have had a 10-year period subsequent to that conviction without any arrests.

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